[K12OSN] Allowing thin clients to connect to other hosts

Marcio Teixeira marcio.teixeira at numerica.us
Wed Mar 25 17:51:02 UTC 2009




I am considering deploying thin clients in a corporate environment and I
decided to evaluate K12Linux as a starting point. I am very impressed
with what it does with regard to PXE booting thin clients, however I do
have a few questions about how the thin clients can be customized.


The default use case for K12Linux is that the thin clients allow users
to log in to the K12Linux server itself and run apps from there.
However, we have a situation where we already have other Linux boxes and
Windows machines we would want the thin clients to access. I would
envision it as being the case that once the thin client booted up, it
would present the user with a list of Linux machines to connect to using
XDMCP, or Windows machines to connect to using Remote Desktop or VNC.
Users would not actually run software on the K12Linux server after


So, my questions are 1) what would it take to customize K12Linux to
operate in this manner, 2) would I be better starting with a base FC 10
install and attempting to configure LTSP myself on it from scratch, Or
3) are there other LTSP distributions which might be better suited for
this purpose?


If there aren't any easy answers to this question, any reference,
documentation or howto's on how to customize/configure the boot image
which K12Linux sends to the PXE clients would be appreciated! Thanks!


-- Marcio



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